Karen Musser Nortman, after previous incarnations as a secondary social studies teacher (22 years) and a test developer (18 years), returned to her childhood dream of writing a novel. Bats and Bones, a cozy mystery, came out of numerous 'round the campfire' discussions, making up answers to questions raised by the peephole glimpses one gets into the lives of fellow campers. Where did those people disappear to for the last two days? What kinds of bones are in this fire pit? Why is that woman wearing heels to the shower house?
Karen and her husband Butch originally tent camped when their children were young and switched to a travel trailer when sleeping on the ground lost its romantic adventure. They take frequent weekend jaunts with friends to parks in Iowa and surrounding states, plus occasional longer trips. Entertainment on these trips has ranged from geocaching and hiking/biking to barbecue contests, balloon fests, and buck skinners' rendezvous. Frannie and Larry will no doubt check out some of these options on their future adventures.
Karen has three children and eight grandchildren. She also loves reading, gardening, and knitting, and can recite the 99 counties of Iowa in alphabetical order.
A prequel to the Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries. Frannie and Larry Shoemaker have busy jobs, two teenagers, and plenty of other demands on their time and sanity. Larry's sister and brother-in-law pester them to try camping for relaxation--time to sit back, enjoy nature, and catch up on naps. After all, what could go wrong?
Join retiree Frannie Shoemaker and her friends as they camp at a lake haunted by a ghost and a more recent mystery, geocache for hidden surprises and find more than they bargained for, and spend Christmas snowbound in a state park alone--or maybe not. Books 4, 5, and 6 of the award winning Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries.
Punk and PJ Norton decide to spend part of their retirement RV camping and purchase an used travel trailer from a shady dealer in this humorous cozy mystery. They camp at a nearby park where Halloween festivities are in progress. There are problems with the trailer from the start, and then the dealer, who sponsors the activities is found dead. By a disgruntled customer or an angry ex-wife?
Camping can be murder. Oh, sure, there's the stunning scenery, socializing with old friends and new acquaintances, amazing food cooked outside, and so on. But what if a dead body turns up on one of your hikes-for-fun-and fitness? Better camp with retirees Frannie and Larry Shoemaker and their friends! Bats and Bones is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree.